Wood Heat 2020 Goes Virtual
Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus the WHA and UK Pellet Council have taken the decision to move the Wood Heat Conference 2020 online with a series of sessions between 19th – 22nd October 2020.
These sessions shall be followed by a physical Wood Heat Conference in 2021, 30th – 31st March 2021 in Birmingham.
Join us in October to hear from sector experts and contribute to the discussion on where next for biomass heat. The virtual conference will provide an opportunity to both consider the current status of the wood heat industry and look to the future. While UK heat policy continues to underestimate the potential for biomass, current heat proposals also fall well short of putting the UK on a pathway to meeting its decarbonisation targets. Continuing to demonstrate the crucial role biomass heat has to play in meeting this challenge will be a prominent theme throughout the four virtual sessions.
All who have already registered for Wood Heat 2020 will be able to attend both the virtual conference in October and the physical conference in March 2021 at no extra cost. New registrations are also very welcome.
Finally, we thank everyone for their patience as we have put this conference together and deal with the unique challenges of this year. We look forward to you joining us next month.
Wood Heat 2020 – Virtual Conference Agenda
Monday, 19th October – 10.30 – 12.00.
Biomass Heat Policy – What now?
A panel of industry policy experts and civil servants will provide an overview of the current status of heat policy and what could be coming down the line for the sector.
- Chair – Mark Sommerfeld (Policy Manager, REA)
- Tunde Ojetola Senior (Policy Advisor, BEIS) Closure of the RHI
- Raja Hanna Policy Lead (Clean Heat Grants Biomass and Budget, BEIS) Future Heat Policy
- David Fletcher Deputy (Director, Policy and Engagement, Ofgem) Regulating Future Policy
Tuesday, 20th October – 10.30 – 12.00
Growing UK Biomass Supply
Given consultations this year on the Environmental Land Management Scheme and the England Tree Strategy, this panel shall look at how the UK can look to increase its domestic bioenergy supply and what is needed to support its growth.
- Chair – Neil Harrison (Director, re:heat)
- Ian Tubby (Policy Advisor, Forestry Commission) England Tree Strategy (TBC)
- Kevin Lindegaard (Director, Crops for Energy & co-founder Sustainable Fuel Register) Perennial Energy Crops
- Matt Keniston (Head of Commercial Biofuels, BioBean) Coffee as bioenergy feedstock
- Fiona Matthews (Research Manager, Hawkins Wright) Status of UK and international pellet supply
Wednesday 21st October – 10.30 – 12.00
Ensuring Quality – Improving Standards in Biomass Heat
Improving standards continues to be a key focus for the industry and was highlighted this year in the RHI “Ensuring a Sustainable Scheme” consultation. This session will look at what standards are being developed and what is still needed.
- Chair – Julian Morgan Jones (Director, South East Wood Fuels)
- Ian Rippin (CEO MCS) New Biomass Maintenance Standard (TBC)
- Imogen Jamie Senior (Client Manager, BSL) Update on the BSL (TBC)
- Virginia Graham (CEO, RECC) Update on RECC
- Matt Goodwin (General Secretary & Standards Manager, UKPC) Update on UKPC
- Stewart Boyle (Senior Associate, South East Fuels) Optiwood EU project on improving the biomass boilers performance
Thursday, 22nd October – 10.30 – 12.00
Next Steps for the Biomass Heat Industry
Join the discussion on what next for the wood heat in the UK. Presentations shall be provided by the UK Pellet Council, the REA/WHA and the Biomass Heat Works Campaign as we refocus our efforts on promoting the potential of biomass heat.
- Chair Mark Lebus (Chair, UK PC)
- Neil Holland (Managing Director Y Pellets) Next Steps for Biomass Heat Work
- Chair of WHF (TBC Wood Heat Forum) Driving Biomass Heat Within The WHF
- Nina Skorupska (Chief Executive, REA) Update on the REA
Details for joining the online sessions will be sent to all delegates who register to attend the event.
REA Members and UK Pellet Council Members – All 4 Sessions @ £50
Those already registered for Wood Heat 2020 do not need to register again
Non-Members – All 4 Sessions @ £100
Please note the prices shown exclude VAT
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